Current Exhibitions

2018 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence
Gabriel Dawe 

Fields of Light
September 22  – December 30, 2018

Member Preview: September 21

Cheekwood welcomes Gabriel Dawe as its 2018 Artist-in-Residence. Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, shapes and forms. Centered in the exploration of textiles, Dawe’s site-specific works feature three-dimensional, tangible prisms of light and color.

Continuity of Context: Five Artists in Dialogue with Cheekwood’s Collection

September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Member Preview: September 21

Jeremiah Ariaz, Alicia Henry, Alex Lockwood, Jack Spencer, Vadis Turner and selections from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection

For the Fall 2018 exhibition, Cheekwood has invited Tennessee-based and regional artists to collapse the notion of contemporary and bring to the fore the ever-evolving cycle of art production and the tropes that have remained consistent throughout time. Alicia Henry, Alex Lockwood and Vadis Turner, all Nashville artists, will be producing new work responding to pieces in our permanent collection. Jeremiah Ariaz and Jack Spencer’s photographs will be presented alongside the John and Margaret Hill Collection, which explores myths about the American West. Showcasing the work of living artists tackling similar conceptual and visual conversations demonstrates the enduring relevance of themes and so, the exhibition endeavors to initiate a dialogue between historic and contemporary art and continue a cycle of creative inspiration and response.

Scout of the Caravan, oil on fabric by Oscar E. Berninghaus. Gift of the Estate of John and Margaret Hill. 1994.19.22

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition
February 2  – March 2, 2019

Since 1992 Cheekwood has had the honor of presenting the Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition for Middle Tennessee. The Scholastic Art Competition is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to receive recognition for excellence in visual arts.

The 2019 competition opens for online submissions in September and closes on December 13. See Scholastic’s “How to Enter” webpage for instructions on submitting works.

More information on the 2019 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition will be available soon.

Click here to see a list of the 2018 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Award Winners.

Click here to access the Middle Tennessee Art Region page, which contains deadlines and further information on participation.

Click here to see previous year’s winning works on Scholastic’s Online Gallery.

Unprecedented: Fantastical Sculptures by Faig Ahmed, Beth Lipman and Bouke de Vries

February 2, 2019 – June 9, 2019

In the spring of 2019 Cheekwood will present an exhibition featuring work by Faig Ahmed (Baku, Azerbaijan), Beth Lipman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Bouke de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands). The exhibition consists of artists and designers who take cues from decorative arts traditions yet invert the precepts by blurring the space between functional forms and art forms. The exhibition will celebrate the work of a national and international group of artists who look at traditional decorative arts as a point of departure for contemporary creations. The artists in this show challenge the idea of historically informed notions of craft and provide a contemporary entry point into the space between fine and decorative art. Through recognizable visual traditions, the works destabilize perceptions of the familiar. Integrating traditional fabrication methods along with digital contributions, the exhibition will present works that embrace a wide spectrum of time.

Bouke de Vries, Peacock I, 2015. Ceramic. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary.

Past Exhibitions

View a list of past exhibitions that took place at Cheekwood.

Past exhibitions

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